The November newsletter has a color challenge chart that will be a part of the "Knotty and Nice" activity in December. November is a great time to be snug and warm with stitching in hand. I have several projects going at the moment. I am stitching some of the ornaments for the December Holiday Activity “Knotty and Nice” (which should give a hint for the style the ornaments will have). I am working on “Chadivarius” from Nimue and am getting very near to completion on that one. I have a new design in the stitching lineup (I find myself uncertain about the color combination and am studying that project) and have several new design ideas floating around in my head. Again, I am having difficulty deciding on fabric and thread colors for the ornaments. A friend stitched two on “Arctic” color fabric using Waterlilies “Plum” thread and they are gorgeous. I am working on “Doubloon” fabric with a variety of threads from Threadworx. There are just too many beautiful options.
I stopped in to visit Marilyn, at Picture This Plus, last Friday. She showed me the upcoming, new 2020 colors and I managed to scamper away with a piece of the neutral. It seemed the choice for one of my new design ideas, even though it will not be named for the fabric color used as I like to do.
The Halloween activity page in the community was visited, but did not have the participation of an open access page as those I have done in the past. I enjoyed putting together the old pages with a fun graphic and clickable elements. However, the coding has gotten a little more complicated and it takes a lot of time to make a page workable, so I will continue to experiment with the software I use and see how to best compose a future event with the style that has been so popular. I would also like to direct the traffic to the community and engage our friends there. The December activity will be in a “Group” in the Village community. I feel the Halloween activity experiment using a “Page” did not work well as the files were difficult for visitors to locate. Feel free to give your feedback so that I can know how things are working for you.
In an attempt to simplify the Village, the Halloween 2019 Activity Page is an actual "page" in the community on TSV. https:stitchersvillage.com/village Previously, I have coded a web page with clickable links which lead to complimentary charts, drawings, and other stitching fun. The current acivity page will remain active all month with things being added throughout. The kick-off is a color challenge with a chart to stitch in any colors you choose. A drawing is associated with that. Anyone who posts a portion of the chart stitched under the discussion post in the activity page will be entered into a drawing for a Picture This Plus fabric "orphan". The newsletter "Stitch This" feature includes a design which was inspired by a television show on the Smithsonian channel called “Mystic Britain” . The show was filming in a very old church and discussing some markings on a wall. They explained that some symbols which are, today, thought to be evil (such as the pentagram) were, in historic times, considered wards against evil. An intertwining design might capture a demon and keep it there - going round and round.
The Collective Stitch is an event designed to promote brick and mortar cross stitch shops and to create some cross stitch excitement. It is June 1 - August 31. Visitors to event shops will receive a different cross stitch chart from each shop. I know the shops are few and far between these days, but please visit them is you have an opportunity while on Summer vacation or if you find you are near one of the event shops. Also, if you have a shop near you who is not an event shop, please encourage them to join in 2020 when the theme will be "Summer". collectivestitch.com
When I receive the charts from the designers, I put them into a uniform format for the shops to hand out. I also put together a book which contains all of the designs from that year. I do not always get an image of a stitched model. I have a design program that will generate a "faux" stitched piece. I believe that I have a winner this year for the faux stitched piece least like the actual stitched model. "Springtime Kitten" is by Christina Barron of Charmed Needles in Ontario Oregon. As you can see, the image on the left is nothing like the actual stitched piece using the over-dyed threads chosen by the designer. I knew this was a pretty design, but seeing it as it was meant to be ups that opinion to an amazing design!! I wholeheartedly apologize to designers that I do not have time to stitch all of the designs to get a real stitched model to represent each and every design. I was so proud of myself for faking that butterfly button!!
This is my first posting of The Stitchers' Village Newsletter as a blog post. The NL will continue to be available in the newspaper office of the site, but I thought this would make it easier for some to see what is happening on the best needlework site!!
I spent time in Florida, last month, with my youngest daughter’s family. A few of the nights, I babysat her 1 and 2 year old children. There is a huge difference between visiting and being in charge of your grandchildren! I love them to pieces, but they make me realize very clearly that I am not as young as when I had my children. I was trying very hard not to say “I am old” there, haha, but I am as old as I have ever been!!
I am happy to announce the upcoming release of a new design “Helix”. Some of my first designs were based on the fabric color name of the Picture This Plus fabric used for the design. I have returned to that for some of my recent designs and am having a great time with the creative process. Included in the chart is a small design that shows my first concept after researching “helix”. It really made no sense as a stand-alone design, so I set it aside. I picked up that piece of helix fabric with the original stitching, gave it a bit of thought, and adapted the idea to a Celtic design (which is also what some of my first designs were). I am also using the “Helix” chart, combining it with a batch of orphan fabrics all very similar, and using different threads for a special Limited Edition Kit “Celtic Mist”. These will be available as soon as the threads arrive.
I hope everyone is having a great Summer so far!! Happy Stitching! Patty
2019 Collective Stitch
The Collective Stitch is a cross stitch event! It is a shop hop, mystery stitch, and treasure hunt all rolled in to one! Each event shop will have a different design created with a specific theme and size. During the Collective Stitch, visit the event shops to collect their design and stitch any or all of them into a very unique project. The size is such that they could be stitched in a band sampler. 2020 theme will be “Summer” to complete the season themes. Yes! We have a Canadian shop participating this year!! If you say “my LNS is not participating”, you should talk to them and encourage them to join next year! For more information, collectivestitch.com
Drawings and Contests
The June drawing winner: Donna T., NC
Prize: 2019 Collective Stitch Book
The July drawing will be for a Limited Edition kit “Celtic Mist” from Stitchers’ Village Designs Entries must be received by 7/31/19 - the winner will be chosen at random from entries Use the code “Celtic Mist” when you submit the form
Enter by filling out the drawing form HERE http://stitchersvillage.com/library/drawing-form
X's and Oh's "Possible"
From Nancy’s Needle “Country Garden”
Fern Ridge Collection "Summer Angel"
I have long been a Swarovski Crystal fan and once upon a time made doll jewelry and sold it on Ebay. This left me with a collection of crystals and I do like to add them to stitching projects, where suitable. So, I hope that you will “get” this little design and picture the possibilities it might present with the various thread color options combined with some crystals. Think burst of fireworks with red and blue thread and some sparkly crystals. The center fits a small cube bead and the outer openings fit bicone beads.
I actually had some little kits called “Crystal Charmers” that were small designs with fabric, thread, and crystals included (see picture below). I had several “charmer” designs for the display of crystals, buttons, and even old brooches to use as ornaments, etc. NOTE: To see further information about this complimentary design, you may wish to view the newsletter pdf